Marshall said he worries about interactions between gays, straight troops in military
Del. Bob Marshall said on WUSA on Monday night that he is proposing a bill to ban gays from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard because he is worried about service members catching sexually transmitted diseases from gay troops.
"If I needed a blood transfusion and the guy next to me had committed sodomy 14 times in the last month, I'd be worried," he said.
Marshall (R-Prince William) also said in the interview that he is concerned about the distraction that gay soldiers would have on straight men.
"It's a distraction when I'm on the battlefield and have to concentrate on the enemy 600 yards away and I'm worried about this guy whose got eyes on me," he said.
See the full interview below:
Marshall told us that he spoke to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli before deciding to draft a bill for the 2011 legislative session.
Marshall said Cuccinelli expressed support for his proposed bill but that the Prince William delegate did not feel the need to ask for a formal opinion from the attorney general's office. He said he does have other attorneys reviewing the bill before he files it.
Asked about Marshall's comments, Cuccinelli spokesman Christopher Mann was more circumspect -- promising only that a routine legal analysis would be completed of the bill after it is filed.
"If a proposed bill for a 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'-type law for the Virginia National Guard is submitted to our office, as with all proposed legislation, the attorney general will research it and give his legal opinion on the bill's compliance with the Constitution and all applicable laws," Mann said.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said on his monthly call-in show Tuesday morning on WTOP that he opposes Congress's repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy but expects to allow gays to openly serve in the Virginia National Guard.
"While I disagree with the actions of the Congress based on my own experience in the military, but more so the military commanders objections,'' he said. "We can't have two different systems in the federal and National Guard. ... Whatever the final guidelines of the Department of Defense I would expect the National Guard bureau in Virginia to adhere to those rules so we would have one set of rules for the entire military."
The Senate's vote to repeal the 17-year-old federal ''don't ask, don't tell' policy came a week after the House approved it. President Obama has said he will sign the bill.
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| December 21, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
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